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In this lesson, we’ll show you how to create a template site for restaurant management platform.

WP Ultimo allows us to create template sites that can be cloned when a user creates a new site on our network. Therefore, this will help your customers a lot because they will be able to set up their restaurant sites with a few clicks.

Just follow these simple steps to create and set up a template site on your network.

1- Add a new template site to your network

Go to Network Admin > Sites.

Go to Site Templates and hit Add New.

You need to add the following info to create a new template site on your multisite network:

  • Site Address (URL): You can add something like “template.myapp.com”
  • Site Title: We’ll call it Template.
  • Site Language: Choose the site’s language from the dropdown.
  • Admin Email: Write the admin email on this field.
  • Site Plan: Don’t assign any plan to this template site.
  • Site template: Use standard WordPress default blog
  • Hit Add Site.

2- Remove unnecessary pages and posts from the site template

There are some pages that restaurant managers won’t need to use, so we can remove them.

We just need to keep the following three pages on this site:

  • Cart
  • Checkout
  • My account

You can remove the default Sample Page that comes with a new WordPress installation, and also remove the default WooCommerce Shop page, since we’ll create different menu style pages for our restaurant app using the WooCommerce Food plugin.

You can also remove the posts because our restaurant manager app won’t use any posts.

3- Import the theme settings for this site

We recommend you to go to Appearance > Themes and activate the Kadence theme.

We’ve set up the appearance settings so that you just import them and don’t have to work for hours to get a great appearance for your template site. 🙂

Once you download the .dat file containing the customizer settings for the Kadence theme, go to Appearance > Customize.

  1. Go to Export/Import (the Customizer Export/Import plugin must be active on this site)
  2. Choose the file
  3. Hit Import.

4- Create the food menu style pages

The WooCommerce Food plugin allows you to create different menu style pages using shortcodes.

Here we want to show you how to create a page like this:

Just go to Pages > Add New, and enter the page title.

Now just enter the shortcode for the menu style you want to use.

Here are some examples of menu styles.

Grid menu style:

[ex_wf_grid column="3" posts_per_page="6" cat=" page_navi="loadmore" menu_filter="show" filter_style="icon"]

Table menu style:

[ex_wf_table style="1" count="" menu_filter ="" order_cat="" live_sort="" posts_per_page="" ids="" cat="" page_navi="" number_excerpt="" cart_enable ="" order="" orderby="" meta_key="" enable_search="yes"]

Simple table menu style:

[ex_wf_list style="1" count="10" menu_filter ="" order_cat="" menu_pos="" posts_per_page="" ids="" cat="" page_navi="" number_excerpt="" cart_enable ="" orderby="" meta_key="" enable_search="yes"]

Categories grid menu style:

[ex_wf_mngroup layout="" style="" column="" heading_style="" count="" posts_per_page="" cat="" order="" orderby="" meta_key="" meta_value="" number_excerpt="" page_navi="" order_cat="" cart_enable="" enable_search="" featured="" enable_modal="" class=""]

This is what the details of a menu item will look:

Important

You can find the full info about the WooCommerce Food shortcodes on this page.

5- Create and set up your template site’s navigation menu

Once you create the menu style pages, you need to create a navigation menu for your template site.

You need to tick the Primary Menu option for this nav menu.

These are the pages you need to add:

  • Home (you can change this element’s name into “Menu”)
  • Cart
  • My Account

Also, you need to add icons to your menu items.

Once you’re done, hit Save Menu to apply the changes.

7- Set up the new site as a WP Ultimo template

Now it’s time to set up this site as a WP Ultimo template site.

Go to Network Admin > WP Ultimo > Settings > Network Settings.

  • Allow Template Selection: Yes
  • Allow Template Selection Top-bar: Yes (Optional)
  • Allowed templates: Mark the Template site as an allowed template.
  • Finally, Save changes.

Other pages on the template site

Here you can see the Cart page of the template site:

This is what the Checkout page looks like:

And this is the My Account page for your customers.

In the next lesson of this course, we will show you how to create a home page for your platform.

TIP

If you have a premium license of WP Frontend Admin, you can download the full backup of our restaurants platform, so you can import it on your site and everything shown in this course will be already configured for you. It will save you a lot of time.

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